SOURCE: Stream Theory, Inc.

June 02, 2005 09:00 ET

Stream Theory Launches AppExpress 2.6 With Multi-Tenant Support

AppExpress 2.6 Is the On-Demand Software Streaming Platform of Choice for Service Providers and Large Corporations

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 2, 2005 -- Stream Theory, Inc., a division of Tadpole Technology plc (LSE: TAD), today announced the release of AppExpress 2.6, the leading software streaming and management platform for the enterprise. As part of the company's continued commitment to provide robust and scalable software streaming solutions, this latest version of AppExpress substantially lowers costs, delivers greater flexibility, and provides enhanced performance and reliability for enterprise customers. Targeted at the service provider market (ISPs, ASPs) and Fortune 500 corporations, AppExpress 2.6 features new multi-tenant support that allows the system to be partitioned into hundreds of virtual servers, each with their own applications, licenses, groups, users and administrators.

"Stream Theory's AppExpress allows us to deliver on our pledge to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and managing Windows® applications for our customers," said Steig Westerberg, CEO of Stream Theory. "With IT budgets being tightened and scrutinized, AppExpress 2.6 better equips enterprises to meet user software requirements. It also supports alternative pricing models that accurately predict ongoing expenses for enhanced return on investment and value."

AppExpress builds on its core capability of rapidly deploying software through the Internet or across the corporate network. On-demand applications run at the desktop level without code modification and perform as if natively installed. AppExpress 2.6 is designed to deliver both productivity tools and more complex specialized Windows applications from a single server, without sacrificing performance or reliability. It also provides enhanced user flexibility by removing the client cache size limit. AppExpress continues to provide strong anti-piracy and license management control features in this release.

The enhanced reporting capability of AppExpress 2.6 extends beyond the collection of usage metrics. AppExpress 2.6 provides reporting on new client-side statistics, including software activations and deactivations, bandwidth connections, and offline application usage.

The built-in clustering, fault detection, and failover support within AppExpress 2.6 ensure consistently high availability of streamed applications. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and authentication ensures secure streaming between PC clients and the AppExpress server.

"We continue to raise the bar on software streaming by enhancing our core technology with features and functionality that anticipate market requirements," said Mr. Westerberg. "Providing enterprises the flexibility to change software usage commitments as business circumstances evolve allows companies to meet their users' requirements while reducing the risks associated with acquiring new software directly translates to the bottom line."

Software streaming is an underlying technology that supports utility computing, software-as-a-service and pay-as-you-go pricing. For enterprises looking to build agile IT to address dynamic and unforgiving market conditions, streaming on-demand software is a critical technology. Acceptance of software streaming has moved beyond early adopters to early mainstream users and continues to provide a competitive IT and business advantage. Gartner predicts that by 2008, more than 50 percent of the software purchased will be via service (annuity), allowing vendors to enjoy a more predictable annuity revenue stream and more usage of application service provider (ASP)/managed service provider (MSP) hosting.

Availability

AppExpress 2.6 is available immediately from Stream Theory and its solution partners. For more information, please visit www.streamtheory.com.

About Stream Theory

Founded in 1996, Stream Theory, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tadpole Technology plc (LSE: TAD). Stream Theory is revolutionizing the manner in which software is purchased, delivered and accessed by enabling true software-on-demand and virtualization models. Stream Theory has developed a patented framework that is a piracy deterrent for software publishers. The Company is a leading supplier of software streaming technology for delivering and managing software applications worldwide over IP and digital media. Leading software publishers, developers, portals, ASPs, and broadband ISPs have deployed the company's patented technology. Stream Theory is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and an IBM PartnerWorld member. For more information, visit www.streamtheory.com.

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